Prescott View Home Reno: DIY Kitchen Island

I’m finally sharing my DIY kitchen island with you today! It’s been done for a few months but I wanted it to be perfect (which it’s not) before I shared it. LOL! If you’ve been wanting to learn how to build a Kitchen Island but not sure how or think it will be too hard, it’s not! I promise ANYONE can build this. Anyone.

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How to build a Kitchen Island

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DIY Kitchen Island Instructions

First I taped off a general area of where I wanted it and got rough estimates and headed to the Home Depot.

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I got these three cabinet boxes and arranged them in the aisle. It was literally the perfect size! I wanted a lot of drawers and these three were so perfect, in stock and inexpensive!

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I got home and put them in place. Somehow I carried them each from my car on my own and felt like superwoman. I put 2×4″ screwed into the wooden subfloor and once it was level, I screwed the cabinet bases into the 2×4. Next, I used shims to make the boxes square.

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After everything was square and solid, I used 1/2″ MDF around the perimeter of the boxes to close them in.

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Then I started the trim work. I used baseboard moulding that I had on hand and ripped 1/4″ MDF board into 4″ strips and nailed them on to cover the seams. I love it because it matches the wainscoting I did in the dining room which you can see from the island.

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My other kitchen cabinets had beadboard inlays on the cabinet doors so I added the beadboard into the two cupboard doors.

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Next, I caulked and filled all the gaps and nail holes.

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I painted the whole thing white and it was done!!! ….until I changed my mind. I ended up painting the whole island navy and I’m OBSESSED with how it turned out. I used the 1/2″ melamine board as a countertop until our countertops got installed and it worked fine.

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After they were installed I was even more in love with it! I love it so much and it cost less than $500 and was very, very easy DIY kitchen island!

Kitchen Island Tutorial

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a kitchen island, give it a try! It is an easy DIY project. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the progress on my home renovation! We are moving right along and I am loving every inch so far!

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    March 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Looks amazing!!! Your post is so timely—I’m actually making a kitchen island from a sink base stock cabinet–also from Home Depot. Love your design!! I’m using 1x4s as my trim and actually trimmed down thin sheets of plywood for the sides and am doing something funky w/ a herringbone wood pattern where the stools will go. I had no idea I could paint hardboard like you did! Now I know ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice work!

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    Alisha Ryan
    March 9, 2017 at 7:45 am

    How beautiful!! Great job. What is the name of that blue color? So gorgeous!

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    Mary @ 120 Spring Street
    March 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Yes I am in love with that navy island! Can’t believe how talented you are to build it yourself, great job. It’s beautiful in your white kitchen, just an awesome pop of color.

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    Shonee from Hawthorne and Main
    March 28, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    You guys killed it on this! I love how you took a stock cabinet and made it look so custom! Nice work.

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    April 12, 2017 at 12:45 am

    The result is not comparable to what was before!! Terrific! A successful combination of blue and white colors looks amazing. I want my new kitchen island)) Thanks for the nice article!

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    petrified wood company
    April 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    wow nice kitchen, Nice

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    October 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Hello! I am wondering what countertop you installed? And what supports did you use? I am planning on installing almost the same island and am a little worried about having enough support. I was thinking of using plywood then the MDF board. Just wanted to know your thoughts. Thanks

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      Mallory & Savannah
      November 16, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Hi! It’s quartz! The countertop installers used steel supports. I did not install them.

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    February 19, 2018 at 10:50 am

    How did you have the countertop installed? How is it supported on the barstool side? If you had it professionally installed – how much did it cost? I’m looking to build this this coming spring.

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      Mallory & Savannah
      February 19, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Nicole!

      We had Quartz countertops professionally installed. That was the only part of the kitchen we hired out. The installers used steel supports to support the weight of the quartz on the bar side. We paid $3000 for all of the countertops but there are certainly more affordable options. I chose New Carrara quartz by Della Terra. Hope that helps!

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    Jen Hottovy
    March 4, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I love the navy! What brand & color paint did you use for this. ANd those gold lights ?

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    Joyce Luttrell
    April 1, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I need the tutorial for making the island. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!!!!!!!

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    Vera B
    May 20, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Hey! This may be a totally silly question. I am new to any DIY home renovations. After you brought the cabinets into the home did you drill the cambers straight infinite floor so they would be secure ? I didnโ€™t understand step two. It might be because Iโ€™m still too new to this hah ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 21, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Could this work as a freestanding island? I need something I don’t have to screw to the subfloor due to existing flooring.

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    Leah Ahlgrim
    June 12, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Do you have to screw into the floor for added support? We have new solid oak floors and I want to avoid that if possible. Thanks

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    Kim Willhide
    June 20, 2018 at 4:59 am

    What is the color blue You used on your Island? I got two dressers from a manufacturer that went bankrupt. They do not have drawers and I want to put them back to back to make a large island using your idea.

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    July 1, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    I really like your floors, what are they and where did you get them from?

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    July 24, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Love the shade of navy! Do you remember the specific paint color/brand you used?

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      Mallory & Savannah
      November 16, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Hi! It’s Behr Ultra colormatched to Glidden Royal Navy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    August 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    What is the name & brand of the blue you used? LOVE IT!!!

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    September 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    You mentioned that your husband painted the outlet cover but not how the changeover from the first island to the second island occurred. I have plans to do this (because I too want drawers) but I have 3 outlets. Can you address this?

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    September 6, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Did you use that trim around all 4 sides or only around the bar length and the short sides? I canโ€™t tell from the picture! This is amazing I canโ€™t wait to build this…

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      Mallory & Savannah
      November 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      The bar side and the short sides. The other long side is doors/drawers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Krystal Martin
    September 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This is the exact island I need for my kitchen! Can you tell me the measurements of the cabinets and countertop?

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    October 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    How did you finish off the toe kicks in the front?

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    October 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    What size cabinets did you go with? What are the dimensions of the counter top? I love it!

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    October 21, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Iโ€™m obsessed with this island and the kitchen in general! Any idea where I can find those pendant lights above the island or how I can go about searching for them??

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    November 3, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    What color blue is the island? I love it. Thanks.

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    David A Young
    November 15, 2018 at 7:42 am

    kind of not sure how you did the base. you mention using 2×4’s. any pictures or further explanation on that part please?

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    November 25, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    How much space did you leave between your kitchen cabinets and the island. Also what did the measurements of the island come out to? Your layout is similar to mine.

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      Mallory & Savannah
      November 25, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      I don’t live there anymore so I don’t have the length. We did 40″ between the cabinets so its wider than minimum requirement.

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    January 6, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Hi! Where did you get the stools from? Thanks!

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    Ricky Graff
    February 7, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Space is definitely the biggest consideration. An island should enhance a space, not make it more crowded. If itโ€™s in the way, itโ€™s more of a nuisance than anything.

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    Perfect Watches
    February 27, 2019 at 7:01 am

    And where you can buy such chandeliers?

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    March 17, 2019 at 2:02 am

    i only found the comments on this post. Whereโ€™s the instructions and pictures?

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    March 18, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Space is definitely the biggest consideration. An island should enhance a space, not make it more crowded. If itโ€™s in the way, itโ€™s more of a nuisance than anything.

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    Michele Martinez
    March 21, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Hi! I’m curious about how long it took you to complete this island. Thank you.

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    April 14, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Wow, i had no idea it was a temporary stay. There have been a lot of makeovers and fixing up in this house. I only hope the new owners would appreciate the effort you had put in.

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    September 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    How did you attach the 1/2″ MDF on the cabinet? Did you use glue? Nails?

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